Inversion. The Crucial Thinking Skill Nobody Ever Taught You

7 min readNov 14, 2023
Inversion Thinking. © Buzzedison

Look, we all know the grind — constantly searching for that next flash of inspiration. Hitting up conferences, ploughing through books, networking like crazy…hoping someone gives us the clue we need to level up our work.

But have you ever stopped to wonder if we’re chasing the wrong thing? What if ideas alone aren’t the magic formula? Maybe the real game-changer is how we think, not just what we think about.

I mean, you can cram your brain full of every buzzword and blueprint out there. But if your mindset stays stuck in one gear, what good is all that extra “data”? We need to upgrade, you know? Start shifting how we process problems instead of just piling on more processes.

When we train ourselves to question everything, that’s when real progress happens. An open mind sees what a closed one misses every time. So, forget info dumping — we should practice flexing our frameworks. One little mind shift can spark an idea earthquake if we give it room to spread.

I’m not saying knowledge is bad — it’s great fuel. But an adaptable attitude is the engine that gets us where we’re going.

Enter inversion, a counterintuitive thinking technique that turns conventional wisdom on its head. It’s about asking the opposite of the obvious question, challenging assumptions, and exploring the unexplored. It’s about seeing the world through a different lens, one that reveals hidden opportunities and unconventional solutions.

Growing up, I was fascinated by philosophy. I loved wrestling with big ideas and seeing the world from different perspectives. One of the most powerful philosophic tools I got to experience was inversion — a technique for thinking critically by intentionally taking the opposing view.

At first, inversion felt unnatural. I was used to confidently defending my own positions, not scrutinizing them from the other side. But the more i explored works on inversion and listening to modern-day philosophers, it pushed me to invert our thinking, and over time I gained a new appreciation for how it could sharpen my views and broaden my understanding. It’s a skill that has served me well in business too, helping me recognize my blind spots and avoid getting trapped in confirmation bias.




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